Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Officers: Foul play may be involved in man's disappearance

12-03-10 Officers: Foul play may be involved in man's disappearance

    Boise, Dec. 3, 2010 - Boise Police say foul play may be involved in the disappearance of a Boise man missing since 2004.

    Boise Police investigators have teamed with Crime Stoppers to offer a reward up to $1,000 for anyone who has information that leads officers to the missing man or to answers about how he disappeared and why.

   MISSING: Ahren "Benji" Benjamin Barnard, born 1969
   LAST SEEN: Dec. 4, 2004 at the McDonald's restaurant at Cole & Overland in Boise.

    "Investigators have gathered information over the course of this investigation and within the past few months that leads us to believe that Aaron Bernard's disappearance was not his doing," said Sgt. Mark Barnett of the Boise Police Violent Crimes Unit. 

    "We've thought for a long time that something has probably happened to Ahren since there's been absolutely no trace of him in the past six years. But evidence increasingly suggests foul play. Ahren's disappearance is suspicious, and that's keeping this case a priority for detectives in the Violent Crimes Unit. " Said Sgt. Barnett.

    Anyone with information that may lead to Aaron Bernard's is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS, log onto www.343cops.com, or text CRIMES or 274637, subject: Tip236.

    Outdoor Billboards: Beginning today, Lamar Advertising will post digital billboards in Boise and Nampa that include a photo of Ahren Barnard, the Crime Stoppers phone number 343-COPS and a web site set up by Mr. Barnard's family. Lamar has donated the billboard space in a generous, added effort to help find Ahren Barnard.

    Barnard is described as:

Dark hair frosted blond on top
5'10", 180 lbs
Brown eyes
May have a moustache and goatee.
Has a scar on his left arm
Last seen wearing jeans and a black leather jacket